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Food Fables That Derail Weight Loss Goals

Food Fables That Derail Weight Loss Goals



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY KAJAL PATEL

The prolonged settling period that sees us return to normalcy after the exploits of the festive period are now behind us. The New Year brings with it greater promise for a different tomorrow. And in tandem with this section, we continue to promote better lifestyle choices.

If you set one of New Year resolutions to be losing weight, then you are not alone – many have mirrored that goal. However, of concern is the manner in which they do it,
relying on misguided information and advice.

Of the various contributors to questionable and possibly out-dated approaches is food intake. Being a nutritionist, I know only too well of the misinformed perceptions on eating habits, practices and quantities. Thus, this edition, we address
common dietary misconceptions.

 Losing weight too fast will see you gain it all too quick. It may be peculiar, but is common among discussions. However, that – according to numerous studies – is but a fallacy. Losing weight is centred on the practices of altering diets, adopting better lifestyle habits and exercising. Therefore, ‘rebooting’ your metabolism allows the body to reset some hormones and rejig other brain chemistry to accommodate a change in nutrient intake. Therefore, your body will adapt to a new food reality and with the aid of other healthier practices such as exercises, losing weight is organically and sustainably catalysed.

 Calories are calories. All too often, we believe the secret to body management is achieving the energy balance resulting from calories in and out of the body. The notion that often guides our diets is either increasing calories intake to grow or rapidly burning it to reduce body sizes. However, it goes beyond this; also to consider is the quality of calories. Whole foods, good quality proteins such as organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish as well as good carbohydrates and fruits are all examples of good-quality calories which prove more beneficial and need to be ‘burnt out’ during exercises.

Willpower is everything. Indeed it is, but only at the initial stages. To convince yourself to make adopt a healthier lifestyle is a great idea, but without supporting mechanisms in place, may come asunder. Willpower injects the drive to achieve better eating habits, but that is only a short-term solution. The body must also adapt to its new realities, allowing for its chemical processes and metabolism to work for you and not against you, as you seek naturally body regulation.

Blame it on the genes. Yes, there are some health conditions and lifestyle extensions that are hereditary. However, others are not necessarily linked. As is human nature, we often seek the easier option out of uncomfortable situations, thus, are likely to blame obesity or malnutrition on genetics – but that is not always the case. And if so, there are still manners in which we can alter body processes to favour our desired outcomes.

 Fats are harmful. There is far too much of caution and worry associated with the term, yet, fats are vital for the body to efficiently operate. Despite popular wisdom suggesting otherwise, fats are necessary in anyone’s diet, however, the type and amount of consumption varies from one individual to another. According to dieticians, consuming the right fats
complement the metabolism processes. They do, however, advise staying away from too much of trans fats.

 Starving is a quick fix. It has been widely reported how numerous athletes, artistes and actors among other individuals have resorted to extreme measures to achieve body targets in a very short time span. However, health practitioners continuously advise against this approach. While it may provide short-term gains, in the long term, it causes numerous internal imbalances when you move in and out of dietary regimes. A better approach is to achieve a balance between hormones and insulin through striking an efficient balance of proteins, healthy fats, the right carbohydrates and phytonutrients.

 

Exercise guarantees weight loss. While there is no disputing just how crucial exercising is in weight management, there are numerous associated factors that could hinder its effectiveness. For instance, it proves counterproductive to put in time and effort at the gym, only to undo all the gains by binge-eating after. Therefore, exercising is only effective when complemented by better food diets and lifestyle choices, otherwise, it risks yielding little returns.

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